Scientific Name
Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) Källersjö
Higher Classification
Brachymeris erubescens Hutch., Phymaspermum equisetoides Thell.
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A widespread, but poorly known species. It is suspected to be overlooked, and not in danger of extinction, but more field surveys are needed to confirm this.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
King William's Town to Mount Frere.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Grassland, Savanna
Sandstone grasslands, 600-1700 m.
Threats to this species are not known, but it is likely to be affected by habitat degradation due to overgrazing, which has led to a loss of plant species diversity as well as erosion across large parts of its range.

This species is widespread across the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, but has been seldom recorded. Its range falls within a botanically very poorly explored region, and it is possibly overlooked. Recent field observations indicate that it persists in the Indwe and Wodehouse districts. The population trend is not known, but it is possibly declining. More field surveys are needed to attain a better understanding of the population structure and trends.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) KällersjöLC 2017.1
Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) KällersjöData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)
Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) KällersjöVU D2Victor (2002)
Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) KällersjöInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Brachymeris erubescens Hutch.Uncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Ruiters, A.K., Tilney, P.M., Van Wyk, B.E. and Magee, A.R. 2016. Taxonomy of the Genus Phymaspermum (Asteraceae, Anthemideae). Systematic Botany 41(2):430-456.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2017. Phymaspermum erubescens (Hutch.) Källersjö. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/09

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